Dr. Jeff Harding, A Moral Imperative to Reach All Students

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Dr. Harding is the Superintendent of Mountain View Los Altos High School District in Mountain View, CA. Both Mountain View High School and Los Altos High School have received the Gold Award from the U.S. News & World Report. The district also boasts a 98% college going rate for the its graduates. A focus point of this episode is on building career readiness through local partnerships with companies like LinkedIn and Adobe. With a specific mission to build confidence within students from low-income backgrounds, Dr. Harding discusses his belief that educators have a moral imperative to support ALL students.

About Dr. Jeff Harding

Dr. Jeff Harding has served as Superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District since July 1, 2015. Previously, he was the Superintendent for the Healdsburg Unified School District for 7 years.

He began his career teaching environmental education and mathematics. He later served as Assistant Principal at Drake High School in Marin County and as the founding Principal of Windsor High School where he launched the progressive integrated studies program. As an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University, he helped to prepare aspiring school principals as educational leaders.

Dr. Harding is an honors graduate from U.C. Berkeley, where he was a Sherman-Fairchild Scholar. He completed his dissertation on the development of positive school culture and was awarded his doctorate in 2007.

Dr. Harding is married and has four sons, ages 22 to 28, and resides in Mountain View.

About Mountain View Los Altos High School District

The Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) is committed to the academic success of every student, and to providing support and growth opportunities so each student can reach their full potential.

MVLA schools reflect the diversity, ambitions and spirit of innovation of Silicon Valley. Serving the communities of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, the MVLA district is comprised of two traditional high schools, an alternative high school, an adult education center, the Freestyle Academy for Arts & Technology, and Middle College. MVLA schools also provide enhanced curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The district serves a student population of 4,300 high school students; 98 percent of graduates matriculate to college. In 2017, MVLA boasted more than 20 National Merit distinguished students. The schools offer more than 40 Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes. Alta Vista High School is consistently ranked among the top continuation schools statewide. The Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology has a nationwide reputation for excellence. The MVLA Adult School serves a diverse population of more than 8,000 students annually. All of the schools have received the maximum six-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

MVLA has a long history of high standards and high test scores. Graduation and college acceptance rates are among the best in the state. Los Altos and Mountain View high schools are consistently ranked in the top 1% of high schools nationally.

The district’s debate, athletic, robotics and other extracurricular programs are top ranked in California and nation.

MVLA district’s core values of quality, continuous improvement, personal and caring environment, teamwork and empowerment guides its efforts to educate students.

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